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Secrets to Outsmart the Silent Killer

Kidney disease is a silent killer, which develops over time and usually does not have any obvious symptoms until later stage. A healthy diet and lifestyle can make a difference in preventing kidney disease!

Here are 8 secrets to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease:

Make a Conscious Effort to opt for Less Sugar, Sodium and Fats when dining out!
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Do you know how much
sodium is in your food?

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Life can be sweeter without
sugar.

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how you can reduce your
sugar intake.

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Limit your fat and
cholesterol intake because
high triglyceride and LDL
cholesterol may lead to
cardiovascular disease,
heart attack, stroke and
kidney disease.

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Know Your Risk!

A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension and other chronic illness. Maintain a healthy weight by keeping active and not overeating.

The benefits of regular exercise are plenty: (Ps: click on the boxes below!)

Strengthens your heart, bones and body as a whole
Improves sleep, cognition and memory
Reduces stress and
improves your quality
of life
Reduces risk of chronic
diseases like high
blood pressure, diabetes
and heart diseases

Here are a few Health & Fitness materials that can help you assess your body composition.

Quit Smoking & Lower Alcohol Intake

Smoking damages the blood vessels in the body. As a result, it slows the flow of blood to the kidneys and decreases their ability to function normally. Smoking can also increase your risk of developing kidney cancer.

Consider consulting a doctor to discuss the methods to quit and try Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) if necessary.

In addition, drinking too much alcohol will raise your blood pressure. High blood pressure is one of the most common causes of kidney disease.

According to Health Hub Singapore, men are advised not to drink more than 2 standard drinks per day and women not more than 1.

A standard alcoholic drink is defined as:
1 can (330 ml) of regular beer, 1/2 a glass (100 ml) of wine or 1 nip (30 ml) of spirit.

Portion Control

 2 servings of fruits + 2 servings of vegetables every day, with whole grains and lean meat, make a healthy diet.

Get Started on an Exercise Regime

Physical activity is essential at all stages of life. Here are a few recommendations on age appropriate physical activity. Learn More

Monitor Blood Pressure and Sugar Levels

If you’re already diabetic and diagnosed with hypertension, you can still prevent kidney failure by:

  • Maintaining a good blood sugar level
  • Keeping blood pressure in the normal range
  • Controlling blood cholesterol
  • Regular visits to the doctors
  • Taking medication as prescribed
Prepare Your Own Meals

Home cooked food is best as it allows us to control the amount of sugar, salt and fat that goes into our food. Here are a few healthy recipes for you to get started on your journey of healthy eating.

If you have no time to prepare your meals at home, fret not! Download PDF hawker guide for more suggestions on how to eat healthy when dining out!

Early Detection is Key

Early health screenings are the key to detecting kidney failure, as most people with early stages of kidney disease do not present clear symptoms. Having any of the pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and hypertension increase the chance of getting kidney problems later on in life.

Discover more if you are at risk of kidney failure

Note: If you have chronic kidney disease or if you are on dialysis and need to limit certain foods in your diet, check with your doctor or dietitian before making any dietary changes. The information above is intended for those who want to protect their kidneys and those who are at risk of developing kidney disease, not those who already have kidney disease.

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General Enquiries

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NKF HQ Mondays –Thursdays
Fridays
PH / Weekends
8.30am –6.00pm
8.30am –5.00pm
Closed
Dialysis Centres Mondays –Saturdays
Sundays
PH
7.00am –11.00pm
Closed
7.00am –11.00pm

We are open on most public holidays except for the 1st day of Chinese New Year.

NKF does not provide ad hoc dialysis treatment. Our patients are on long-term dialysis treatment. You may wish to check with private dialysis centres for ad hoc dialysis treatments.

NKF does not have an outpatient clinic and hence, we are unable to arrange an appointment for members of the public. You may wish to contact a hospital of your choice for outpatient service.

Currently, NKF does not provide health report interpretation service. You may consult your General Practitioner who will be able to assist you.

Someone with kidney failure may not experience any signs and symptoms until it is too late. It is best to do a routine health screening to understand your health status better and detect any abnormalities as early as possible so that you can delay and manage the disease progression.

To know about the signs and symptoms please click here to learn more.

Decreased urination Swollen hands and ankles Sleep disturbances
Blood in the urine (tea-coloured or fresh blood) Puffiness around the eyes High blood pressure
Nausea and vomiting Itching Loss of appetite

All dialysis centres operate on 3 dialysis shifts –morning, noon and evening.

Morning Noon Evening
7.00am –12.00pm 12.00pm – 6.00pm 6.00pm –11.00pm
Timing of your dialysis schedule may vary for each dialysis centres.
Schedules
Monday, Wednesday and Friday (1,3,5) OR Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (2,4,6)

Admissions

Our Admissions Counsellor will contact you once your application is finalised. They will be in contact with you soon.

From the day we receive the application form, it will take approximately 3 working days to a week for us to get back to you if you have submitted all completed supporting documents together with your application form to us. Generally, the whole process will take 6 months for the approval.

The overall application review process will take approximately 6 months before the applicant can start the first dialysis treatment. However, if the applicant is able to provide all completed supporting documents and if there is a slot available at the dialysis centre with a right match to the time slot, the waiting time could be shorter.

Currently, we do not have status checking service online. NKF Admissions Counsellor will be in contact with the applicants regarding the status.

You may pick it up from the NKF main office at 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836 or call us at 6506 2187 to have the forms sent to you.

Means Test is used to determine the amount of subsidies each person needing care is eligible for. Persons from lower income households will be granted higher subsidies under the means test framework.

Means Test subsidies calculation is based in accordance to MOH guidelines.

Our NKF Admissions Counsellor in-charge will contact you in regards to your means test status.

The Medical Social Workers at your hospital will be able to advise you on the different type of subsidies based on your financial situation.

Kidney Live Donor Support Fund

For information on kidney donation in Singapore, you may wish to contact the National Organ Transplant Unit at Tel: 6321 4390 or email organ.transplant@notu.com.sg.

NKF’s Kidney Live Donor Support Fund covers annual health screenings and medical follow-ups; one-time reimbursement for loss of 2 months actual income of $8,500, whichever is lower: reimbursement of hospitalisation and surgical insurance premiums (capped at MediShield Life premiums); pre-transplant screening and evaluation costs for up to 2 potential donors per kidney recipient; and insurance coverage for Group Living. Policy based on sum insured of $200,000.

For more information and eligibility, please click here. 

Donation & Volunteering

You can make the donation through different platforms:

  1. For online donation: please visit https://nkfs.org/support-us/donation-programmes/
  2. Or you may like to issue a cheque made payable to “The National Kidney Foundation” or “NKF” and mail it to us at 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836.
  3. Alternatively, you may contact us at 1800-KIDNEYS (5436397) or email us at lifedrops@nkfs.org to send you the donation form.
  4. Road Singapore 328836.

Thank you for your generosity. The cheque should be issued to “The National Kidney Foundation” or “NKF”.

Thank you for bequeathing your CPF contributions to NKF. You can fill up the CPF nomination form which can be downloaded from the CPF website. NKF’s UEN is 200104750M.

Thank you for your generosity. You may like to visit the Ministry of Law’s website where you can find a list of lawyers based in Singapore. Please visit https://eservices.mlaw.gov.sg/lsra/search-lawyer-or-law-firm/

Our UEN/ Company Registration No. / GST Registration No. is 200104750M.

Please send us an email at lifedrops@nkfs.org or call us at 1800-KIDNEYS (5436397) and we will assist you accordingly.

You may email your new mailing address to lifedrops@nkfs.org , Please include your full name, contact number, old mailing address and UEN or NRIC/FIN (last 3 digits)

You may email us at lifedrops@nkfs.org to get the donation form. Please fill up your new GIRO/credit card number, donation amount and sign the form. Thereafter, post the GIRO form back to NKF for processing.

For credit card, you may wish to scan the form and send it to NKF via either of these options:

Email – lifedrops@nkfs.org

Fax – 6253 0417

Mail – 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836

Please email us at lifedrops@nkfs.org with your full name, UEN/NRIC/FIN and mailing address.

Please email us at lifedrops@nkfs.org to have the termination form sent to you. Please fill it up and send it back to us for processing and auditing purposes.

All outright cash donations to NKF are entitled to tax deduction because NKF is a registered charity with an IPC (Institutions of Public Character) status. We are able to issue tax deductible receipts for qualifying donations to our donors.

You are entitled to a tax deduction of 2.5 times the value of your donation in the preceding year.

You may sign up via our website at https://onlinereg.nkfs.org/vms/volunteerapplicationform.aspx.

If you do not have access to the internet, please call us at 1800-KIDNEYS (5436397) to have the application form sent to you. Please fill it up and send it back to us at 81 Kim Keat Road Singapore 328836.

Once we receive your application, our colleague from the Donor and Volunteer Management Department will contact you for a phone interview. After which, you will be invited to attend our volunteer orientation. This is to allow you to have a better understanding of the volunteering activities.

The minimum age is 13 years old. For volunteers who are below the age of 21, you will need to get parental consent. You may download the consent form here.

We strongly encourage our volunteers to commit at least a year so that we can better support our patients. Our programmes and activities are flexible, you can choose your volunteering schedule according to your interest and availability.

You may volunteer with us basing on your availability. We will send a weekly email to our volunteers indicating the up-coming volunteering opportunities. You can then match your availability to the activity schedule.

We have an array of volunteering activities to suit your interest and availability. To learn more about the volunteering activities we offer, please visit https://nkfs.org/support-us/volunteer-programmes/.

Anyone and everyone can join us as a volunteer. All applicants will be required to undergo a mandatory orientation session where you will gain insights into the Foundation’s cause, kidney disease as well as learn more about the volunteering activities we offer. Regular trainings are also conducted for all volunteers so that they can better perform their role.

Most definitely! We welcome schools, companies and community groups to volunteer with us as part of their Values In Action and Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Please get in touch with us on your interest by sending an email to volunteer@nkfs.org.

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